6 Places to Eat Cheap in Central OH

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Written by Step Out Columbus

Published on January 31, 2024
Photo courtesy of Los Guachos Taqueria’s Facebook page

“You get a lot of bang for your buck” seems like a phrase that is dying out when it comes to restaurants these days. Our dollars just aren’t going as far or getting us as much food as it used to.

Having said that, that doesn’t mean there aren’t still places that give you tons of bang for your buck! I can already hear you through the screen begging me to spill the beans, so without further ado, here are 6 spots in and around Columbus where you can eat good and cheap. Tell your wallet we said you’re welcome.

Dirty Franks Hot Dog Palace

Main location: 248 S. 4th Street Columbus, Ohio 43215

Dirty Franks has been stuffing their wieners in our faces since 2009, and we can’t thank them enough for it. Their food is delicious, the portions are fantastic, and the price point simply cannot be beat! Most people leave the Palace having spent less than $10 on food, and honestly I’m not sure why you’re still reading this instead of going there right now.

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Tai’s Asian Bistro

1285 W Lane Ave, Columbus, OH 43221

If you have never been to Mount Tai’s before (that’s what I call it because they serve you a literal mountain of food), you are going to be blown away by how much food you get when it arrives at your table. I’m surprised they don’t just serve everything with a to-go container because I have never walked out of there without leftovers. Plus, you can choose from a plethora of delicious Asian dishes, ranging from sushi to Singapore Noodles to Shrimp Pad-Thai. Ugh, it’s so good.

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Photo courtesy of Tai’s Asian Bistro

Los Guachos Taqueria

Multiple Locations: 5221 Godown Rd, Columbus, OH 43235

Home to my favorite deal in the city, BOGO Tacos Al Pastor every Monday, there is nothing I dislike on their entire menu. I walk in there and order six Tacos Al Pastor and guess how much it costs me… $7.50! That’s like the cost of a gallon of gas these days. *buh dum tsss* You can even get a 22oz draft beer for $4.99 to go with your tacos. I can sense that I’ll see you there next Monday…

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Grandview Diner

648 Grandview Ave, Columbus, OH 43215

Located in the same complex as a gas station, many people overlook the Grandview Diner as a place to eat, and oh my goodness those people are sorely mistaken. This hidden gem is slinging out some of the tastiest and cheapest diner food in the city. Want a sub with fries on the side? $6.49. Want 3 tacos but don’t want to pay Chipotle’s prices? If you have $6 you’re in luck. Want a 16-inch pepperoni pie? All it takes is 10 bucks. I feel like I’m committing highway robbery with these prices.

Photo courtesy of Craig Clark via Google Reviews

Halal New York Gyro

6157 Cleveland Ave, Columbus, OH

If you want a taste of New York, then the aptly-named Halal New York Gyro food truck should be where you eat your next meal. Taking inspiration from Halal Guys in NYC, Halal New York Gyro serves up massive portions with serious flavor. Plus, most of the menu is $10 or less, so you can feast like royalty for days on end with your leftovers.

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Photo courtesy of Halal New York Gyro’s Facebook page

Island Vibes

1558 Cleveland Ave, Columbus, OH 43211

Venture down to the Caribbean as Island Vibes serves up Jamaican cuisine in large, delicious portions on the cheap. Choose between small, medium, or large sizes of their main dishes like Curry Chicken, Jerk Chicken, Red Snapper, or Fried Tilapia, and then add on sides like Curried Potatoes, Cornbread, or Plantains for just $2 more. Plus, if you go on their website, you’ll be treated to some reggae music (don’t believe me? Click the link below to find out).

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Photo courtesy of Island Vibes Restaurant LLC’s Facebook page

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